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Old 04-06-2020, 08:23 AM
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Your First Gun Purchase?

Did some searching and couldn't find a thread on this - only a few posts scattered about. Sorry if I overlooked it if it exists.

What was your first gun purchase?

I received a couple long guns from my older brothers in my younger days but my first purchase on my own was back in 1981 - I bought a 1979 Harrington & Richardson (H&R) Model 649 with both .22LR and Magnum cylinders. Paid my friend $75 for it and still have it along with the original box. I still enjoy shooting the heck out of it and taking it out for a good cleaning. I'm not a revolver fan, only one I own, but this baby is FUN. BTW, price on the box is $99.50

So what's your first purchase?
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Old 04-06-2020, 08:57 AM
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My first purchase was a .22 rifle. A Remington 552 BDL. Paid $150. My first handgun was an H&R 999 Sportsman and I paid $100 for it. The Remington is long gone, but I still have the H&R.
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Old 04-06-2020, 08:58 AM
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1986. Just turned 22, just got my first concealed carry permit, and bought a brand new Ruger GP100 .357 four inch revolver. Must have put 25,000 rounds through that gun.
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Old 04-06-2020, 09:07 AM
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My first gun purchase was in 1991. Just got my Florida CWP and bought a brand new Ruger P85 MkII 9mm.
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Old 04-06-2020, 09:14 AM
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S&W 686 with 6" barrel. Purchased at Bill Whitehouse Gunshop in Merced, California, on 2 Jul 83, for $300 plus $18 Tax. Due to the California waiting period at the time, and my schedule, I picked it up on 20 Jul 83.

I still have the gun and the receipt, which is why I have all those details. Over the years and several moves, the original Gancalo Alves stocks got lost. It now normally wears a Hogue rubber Monogrip, but sometimes a Pachmayr rubber Presentation grip.
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Old 04-06-2020, 10:36 AM
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The first gun I received was a Savage 35 bolt action .22 for Christmas when I was in my early teens. It was a total piece of junk, and my dad felt guilty enough that he got me a 10/22 the following year. The first gun I bought with my own money was a Marlin 70HC .22 rifle, bought from the store where I worked (so I technically not only bought it, but sold it to myself as well).

I actually still have all three guns. I tried rebuilding the Savage into something decent last year but gave up when I couldn't do anything about the 10# trigger on it. The 10/22 is mostly stock and is fired often, but the Marlin mostly just sits in the safe.
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Old 04-06-2020, 10:38 AM
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S&W Model 27-3 4" .357 Magnum - bought for my first LE Academy. Turned me into a diehard S&W revolver fan.
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Old 04-06-2020, 10:40 AM
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April of 1972, s&w model 19-3. Still have it.

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Old 04-06-2020, 10:41 AM
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The first gun I received as a gift was a Daisy Monte-Carlo for Christmas when I was 8 years old in 1963. The first gun I bought for myself was a Remington 870 in 1979 at age 24. I still have it.
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Old 04-06-2020, 10:46 AM
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Well, if we're going to include BB guns let me share my tale of how my gun hobby almost ended as soon as it began. When I was ten my dad gave me his Marksman 1010, which was basically a spring-action BB gun shaped like a 1911. A few days later I was trying to figure out how the front tip-up magazine worked, so I went to my dad to ask him. Unfortunately I made the mistake of pointing it right at his face, and he ripped it out of my hands and gave me a tongue-lashing that would make a Marine drill instructor blush. He kept it for an entire month, and when he finally gave it back to me said that if he ever saw me point it at someone again he'd take it away for good, and that I'd never touch another gun again as long as I lived in the house. The message was received, loud and clear!
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Old 04-06-2020, 10:55 AM
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The first gun I paid for with my money was an 1858 Remington repro in 1969. I was 12. I was looking for a .22 revolver to replace the one I got for my tenth birthday and wore out but when I saw that Remington I had to have it.
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Old 04-06-2020, 10:58 AM
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Yeah, a BB gun is a stretch, but I loved it none the less. It was followed by another Christmas present a couple of years later, a pellet gun, and I took a lot of birds and squirrels in the neighborhood with that one. Mini-bikes and motorcycles came next and I didn't shoot another gun until college when I saw my first 1911 up close at the gun range. But that's in the other post about our first 1911.
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Old 04-06-2020, 11:16 AM
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First gun was a Remington 870 12 gauge.

Saw the movie The getaway with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw, I was impressed. McQueen actually had a Winchester pump, but they were too expensive. First hand gun was and is a High standard .22 rimfire sharpshooter model.
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Old 04-06-2020, 11:33 AM
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Ruger Blackhawk .357 single action. 1972, dang that was a long time ago:-(
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Old 04-06-2020, 11:39 AM
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My first was a S&W Model 28, .357 mag, 4", blue, called the Highway Patrolman model. I bought it in a hardware store in Tulsa in 1963 for $85. I was a big fan of the tv show Highway Patrolman with Broderick Crawford at the time. Didn't know squat about guns, except for my cap guns as a kid. Just wanted to own a Highway Patrolman.
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Old 04-06-2020, 11:40 AM
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Remington Nylon 66 bought at Montgomery Wards for 45 bucks, 1965 if I remember right. Still have it. Second was a Ruger Mk1 auto a year later. First 1911 was a colt in 1968, while in the Navy.

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Old 04-06-2020, 12:08 PM
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My first gun purchase was the Hk USP Compact in 40S&W purchased in 1999 at Kiesler Police Supply in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
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Old 04-06-2020, 12:21 PM
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I was eleven years old. I had spent a month lusting after a Benjamin Pump air rifle at Monroe Davidson's hardware store in Carrville Alabama. Purchases of such non-necessities didn't fit in the budget of my family of cotton mill hands.
I figured that there was enough work to be done for farmers in the area that I could reliably scrape up a dollar a week. So I marched in one day and made the owner a proposition. I would pay $1.00 a week for the gun, which if I remember correctly was around $14.00. I left the store with the rifle.

My dad learned of it and took me and the gun back. Although he had no objections to guns I think he considered the deal charity which he wanted none of. Monroe listened to his objections and said, "This deal is between me and Mike. I don't see how it should concern you." Dad reluctantly agreed. That thing was my constant companion, even after it developed the barrel bulge that they tended to get from thousands of rounds of BB's. (I could not afford pellets in the quantities that I shot.)
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Old 04-06-2020, 12:57 PM
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9422 Winchester from Outdoor World in Seaside Ca. I had saved up for 2 years as making $$ as a kid is tough!

I didn't know the 9422 existed at the time, so I went there to buy a Marlin .22 lver action because it was the closest thing to a .30-30 Model 94 Winchester I could get. Or so I thought.

I said to my Mom (parents were divorced) "see that Winchester .30-30 on the rack? that's why I want the Marlin"

The clerk said "Kid, that's a .22 Winchester" he then turned it to the side to show me the small, side ejection port.

I was blown away!

Tons of begging & re-payment promises to get Mom to cough up the extra dough, I was out the door with my new Winchester 9422!

On arrival home I excitedly unboxed the coolest, nicest thing I had ever owned.

It gleamed like a jewel. I poured over the manual. It said to use a coin on the takedown screw. I figured that a Real Tool was befitting my new treasure than a using common nickel or quarter.

So with a Real, Legitimate Screwdriver , I slipped, carving a long gouge down the length of it's beautifully blue receiver!

The horror! The absolute tragedy crushed me. From the greatest height of joy to the lowest bottom of despair in two seconds flat.

I still have the gun & it's still nearly flawless after untold thousands of rounds.

Except for the receiver's glaring, yawning Canyon Of Stupidity.
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Old 04-06-2020, 01:10 PM
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A Winchester 190, purchased in 1971.



This Model 190 isn't it. I wore that one smooth out. I dragged this one out of an Abilene, Texas gun show a few years back mostly out of sentimentality. I don't view the design as that great or that sturdy. I was pleased as punch though when I brought that rifle home at 14 and viewed it as a step up from the Benjamin .177 pump (which I still have).
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Old 04-06-2020, 01:18 PM
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S&W 686 stainless 6" in 1986. Sold it about a year later to buy a wireless microphone. LOL
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Old 04-06-2020, 01:27 PM
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M1 Carbine, can't remember the manufacturer. Paid $70. Could buy "cartruchos" for less than $2 for 50. New magazines in wrappers were around $1 each. Seems cheap now but it was a lot of money in the early 70's. My first gun was a Savage left handed 12 gauge pump my dad got me, I had to earn 1/2 before I got the shotgun, don't remember how much it was but that was in 67 or 68.

Sadly I don't have either of those weapons.
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Old 04-06-2020, 02:38 PM
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Ruger Blackhawk .357 single action. 1972, dang that was a long time ago:-(
They must have been having a sale then. I did the same thing. do you remember the price?
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Old 04-06-2020, 03:12 PM
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1988, Colt Series '80 Gov't Model/45acp, Ultra bright Stainless Steel. Gun looked great, but what a POS! Second gun was MUCH better, Glock G17 ("The Plastic Wonder")!
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Old 04-06-2020, 03:21 PM
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1974 a S&W Mod 19-2 6" First gun I carried in LE also.
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